On Police Officers (Courtesy note, not intended as legal advice.)

October 6, 2011 at 12:18am

Greetings to the 99%!


As we quickly approach the beginning of the Madison Occupation, I just wanted to make a quick point on our relationship with the police.


The police are people, too. People with extremely difficult jobs. They're underpaid, overworked, and underappreciated. When they're done with their day, many of them go home to a partner, or a family, or their pet hamsters. They worry about the mortgage, whether their kids need braces and how they will afford yet another expense. They are the 99%.


Many of them are on our side. Their duties and dedication to public safety sometimes place them in direct conflict with their beliefs. They put their personal issues and beliefs on hold to serve the public interest, even if it gnaws at them as they do so. They work hard, unpleasant, and above all else, dangerous jobs so we can sleep safely at night.


Obviously there are exceptions. We may encounter some of them. But please remember that each officer is a human being, just like you. They're going to be stressed and possibly angry. If you encounter the police, try to put yourself in their shoes. Be polite, courteous and helpful.